Louisville drops the opener of the NCAA Super Regional with a 4-2 loss to UC Santa Barbara

The University of Louisville baseball team dropped the first game of the NCAA Super Regional on Saturday, a 4-2 loss to UC Santa Barbara at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Cardinals will play tomorrow at noon in an elimination game.

The University of Louisville baseball team had lost just one game at Jim Patterson Stadium all season heading into Saturday's NCAA Super Regional against UC Santa Barbara.

But as U of L coach Dan McDonnell says records don't matter.

The Cardinals are now 36-2 after dropping a 4-2 decision to the Gauchos before 4,634 fans in the Super Regional opener on a sweltering day. The two teams will play again on Sunday at noon and a loss would end U of L's season.

Louisville (50-13) got on the board first with a Blake Tiberi solo home run in the second inning, but a few key hits by UC Santa Barbara and a solid performance from ace Shane Bieber did in the Cardinals.

Santa Barbara got a run in the third off Brendan McKay (12-4) on a bloop double to right, while Austin Bush added a home run in the fourth to give the Gauchos the lead, while they added another run that inning.

The Gauchos went up 4-1 in the fifth with another run, while Bieber held the Cardinals' bats at bay.

Bieber (12-3) allowed eight hits and just two runs in seven inning, while Kyle Nelson came in to close the door in the final two innings for his ninth save of the season.

Louisville had eight hits, including two by Tiberi, Will Smith and Devin Hairston. Lead off batter Corey Ray was 0-for-4 and is 0 for his last nine.

"It's baseball," McDonnell said. "One of our mottos is 'So what.' I told the guys to move on, it was the shortest meeting of the year. Somebody has to win two games (in the series)."

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